Andrew Lloyd Webber has admitted he hated the 2019 movie adaptation of his smash-hit musical Cats a lot he purchased a canine.
The composer has by no means shied away from expressing his distaste with Tom Hooper’s star-studded and much-maligned massive display screen model of the stage musical.
In an interview with Variety earlier this week, Lloyd Webber went one step additional, describing the movie as “off-the-scale all fallacious” whereas joking it left him so “emotionally broken” he purchased a canine as a way to get well.
“There wasn’t actually any understanding of why the music ticked in any respect. I noticed it and I simply thought, ‘Oh, God, no.’ It was the primary time in my 70-odd years on this planet that I went out and purchased a canine,” the musical impresario mentioned. “So the one good factor to come back out of it’s my little Havanese pet.”
Hooper’s CGI movie interpretation was a widely regarded critical and commercial flop, described by Lloyd Webber on the time as “ridiculous” and “completely un-Eliot”. Regardless of the all-star forged, it was named worst movie of the yr on the 40th Golden Raspberry Awards.
Lloyd Webber, nonetheless, continues to search out consolation in his canine. The furry companion has even supplied assist throughout lockdown and can accompany the 73-year-old on future journeys to New York.
Explaining how he would carry his pet to town, Lloyd Webber mentioned he requested an airline if they may make an exception.
“I wrote off and mentioned I wanted him with me always as a result of I’m emotionally broken and I should have this remedy canine,” the composer mentioned.
“The airline wrote again and mentioned, ‘Are you able to show that you actually need him?’ And I mentioned ‘Sure, simply see what Hollywood did to my musical “Cats.”’ Then the approval got here again with a observe saying, ‘No physician’s report required.’”
All through the pandemic, Lloyd Webber campaigned for theaters to be reopened and is optimistic that London and New York’s theater districts might be welcoming again audiences.
“It’s barely overwhelming, and it’s very emotional,” he instructed Selection. “That is my life. And for the previous 16 months or so, the factor that one loves most on this planet was taken away.”